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June 17th, 2009
11:26 AM ET

McCain pans president's Iran response

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. John McCain told CNN Wednesday President Obama's statement that he doesn't want to meddle in the Iranian election controversy sends the wrong message.

"On this issue, I do not believe that the president is taking a leadership that is incumbent upon an American president, which we have throughout modern history, and that is to advocate for human rights and freedom — and free elections are one of those fundamentals," the Arizona Republican told John Roberts on CNN's American Morning.

President Obama Tuesday said that he has deep concerns over the election results in Iran, but stressed that "it's not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling, the U.S. president meddling in Iranian elections."

McCain disputed that assessment. "We're not meddling in any country's affairs when we call for free and fair elections and the ability of people to exercise their human rights," he said Monday. "And when they disagree with a flawed or corrupt election, as the Iranian people have, [not] to be beaten and even killed in the streets."

Filed under: Iran
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. giuliam

    Obama is doing exactly the correct thing by keeping quiet. This is an internal Irananian matter. Speaking out would fall right into the mullah's hands and they would claim the US is meddling. McCain is such an idiot!!

    June 19, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  2. Chuck Murphy

    Doesn't this guy ever learn to shut up!

    June 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  3. elaine

    The minute our government sides with the protesters, we kill the movement. McCain should know this, and perhaps he does. Better to deal with an unknown preaching hate than a moderate we might be able to work with. When the demons are gone, the party that needs these demons to be elected will be gone, too.

    June 18, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  4. Sharon Bass

    P.S. And McCain knows that interfering in Iran's election debacle would likely lead to war. Does he and his conservative buddies really want to spend billions of dollars and cause the deaths and mutilations of more American soldiers, as well as on the "enemy's" side? How many more wars does the GOP want? As Bush constantly reminded our country - invoking irrational fear - he is a War President. Is that what the GOP hopes will get them back in the majority? Being war-time legislators? How insane and hateful they are.

    June 18, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  5. Mike

    Didn't McCain just want to bomb Iran? And now with a few more words from Obama we are advocating freedom and human rights? My god, what absurdity.

    June 18, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  6. Larry

    I can't believe the people of Arizona keep reelecting that clown.

    June 18, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  7. Peter Haberly

    This demonstrates (Again) that McCain is so out of touch with a new vision of the world. He would have us in another war immediately with his kind of thinking. So happy he is not the President – now if we could only get rid of him in Congress, maybe serious work could get done.

    June 18, 2009 at 7:07 am |
  8. William Morrissey

    It's good for Sen. McCain to make these type of statements from time to time. These moments are a great reminder that we made the correct decision in electing Obama. Even the appearance of interference by the US would give Iranian leadership a chance to change to topic and defuse the crisis they are now in.
    Thanks again "my friend" for the timely reminder.

    William Morrissey

    June 17, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  9. Zo O

    Isn't this the same John McCain who criticized Obama for wanting to speak directly with Iran?! I think the fact that President Obama went on the record saying he wanted to open up the dialogue with Iran gave the young people of Iran hope for a better future....

    June 17, 2009 at 2:23 pm |